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On standards or conventions specific to engineering as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field

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What skills can I get during a PhD to be competitive on the job market against non-PhD holders?

Earning a PhD help you learn tools and techniques in your field, and lets you become an expert in a very specific field of science. However, once you get your degree and try to enter the labor market, ...
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How does one change to engineering for graduate school after undergrad in a science field?

I've always had an interest in electrical engineering (actually all engineering in general) and I've decided that I'd like to pursue a graduate degree. I guess I'm wondering if I should really try to ...
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After my employment ends, can I keep working without pay at my current research center, on independent research?

I have a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering. I worked as a Research Engineer in a Research Center. It was a fully paid Engineering position funded by European projects. However, my contract ...
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Is development research?

I'm a Msc student, and my project is to develop a novel software tool for use in neurosurgery. There is a current tool that is considered the standard of care for the procedure, but it has low rates ...
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MS in Physics after Bachelors in Mechanical engineering [duplicate]

I am in the final semester of my mechanical engineering bachelors, though I could have finished my bachelors about 4 months ago, but I failed to clear 2 of my subjects, for which I would appear again ...
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What good is engineering research with no practical relevance?

I am a Ph.D. student currently doing research at a top engineering school in North America. I am becoming more and more jaded at the fact that a sizable portion of the research conducted at my ...
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How important is mathematics in engineering research?

In EE/EC/CS departments, there are certain fields that are theory-based (like the algo or complexity groups), ones that lean towards systems implementation (OS, programming languages, etc) and others ...
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Can I work as a software engineer and be a PhD student?

I'm a master student, my master's background is about IT, signal processing, and Telecommunications. It's a "research master", which means that we're trained more to do research than be an IT ...
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Is it possible to get into a top-10 engineering graduate program without publications?

I would like to know if it is possible to get into top 10 engineering schools for MS/Phd program without any publications?
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Tips for engineering students applying math in their research

I hold an engineering undergraduate degree in EC. When I went to a good school for my post-grad, I found that research in many EC/CS departments required a lot of core math expertise which my UG ...
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What are the ethics of getting help from online forums?

As an engineer, sometimes in my research I come across a mathematical problem that either is beyond my mathematical skills, or I know that someone, somewhere must have seen something like it before ...
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Does your university name matter? [closed]

If you are seeking an engineering job, do employers care about which university you attended? Do they look at your grades, or bias their decision based on the college's reputation? There are stories ...
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What can I do with like-new, recent-edition textbooks that I'm not allowed to sell?

My employer is sponsoring most of the tuition and fees for my master's degree (in aerospace engineering), including required textbooks. Thus, it is unethical and against policy for me to sell those ...
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How can an undergrad from a country with little 'international' research improve his chances of being a “good fit” for a top PhD program?

I am in my senior year of studying electrical engineering in an african university. I intend to apply to grad schools(Ph.D) a year after graduation, possibly to the top EE programs in the US (MIT, ...
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Consequences of a paper with major errors, but unrelated to your field/dissertation

Background Info: So, to make a long story short, I'm worried about paying for mistakes I made when I was a younger, unprofessional, ignoramus. I'm an engineering PhD student at a U.S. University. ...
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What challenges to expect for admission to Masters/PhD in computer science and engineering after chemical engineering undergrad?

I am a Chemical Engineering undergrad, and interested in pursuing a Masters in Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning. I have taken a few courses in the CSE department as a part of my minor ...
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How much does “having publications” mean to a undergraduate direct-PhD applicant?

I am an EE student specializing in Communications and Networks (actually a bit more on sensor networks/signal processing) who plans to apply for a direct PhD program in the top US universities. I ...
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How to become a reviewer for an engineering journal?

I am a PG graduate working in an engineering college as an assistant professor. Currently I have got one and half year of experience in teaching. How to become a reviewer for an engineering journal? ...
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What to do about accidental, easily corrected errors in a conference paper you already submitted?

I am an engineering MS student (maybe going for PhD). I submitted a conference paper on some research I was working on last week. Before I submitted a conference paper, I regenerated all the plots (...
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Should I pursue a research area even after finding that papers have already been written on it?

I am an undergraduate and I have no experience in research papers. I have come up with an idea to write a simple research paper on "Emerging fiber optic networks in Africa." To my utter astonishment, ...
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How can I make an informed decision on whether to do a PhD in engineering or not?

About me: About to start final year ChemE Top of class/grades Have completed 6 month co-ops in pharma and biopharma Liked the work but think that I would much prefer development or research type ...
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Young engineer not wanting to work in academia: is PhD worth it? [duplicate]

I'll soon get my engineering diploma (~MSc, from a "renowned-but-not-in-the-top-3" so-called french grande école). The degree itself is not specialized, but I mainly studied mechanical and industrial ...
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Unable to complete journal paper by deadline, is this a problem?

Main Question: I submitted an abstract to a well known journal (in the field of Civil, Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering) a couple months ago and the abstract was accepted. Due to major changes in ...
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Would it be an advantage in terms of admission, to study pedagogics before applying to a PhD?

Currently I am in my third year in engineering - applied mathemathics. I have been thinking about what I would want to do after I get my master. I have concluded that I have 3 options. Work as an ...
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What is the dropout/switch major rate for engineering bachelor?

What is the average dropout and switch major rate for US 4 year engineering college for students entering bachelor's degree program after 2010? It is pretty hard for me to find any good reference.
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To choose which Masters program to attend, should I favor institution or specialization?

I am an Electronics & Communication Engineer and I want to pursue a masters degree. After completing the degree, I would like to work in industry with zero inclination towards a PhD. I am ...
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Getting into grad school with a low gpa [duplicate]

I'm new to these forums, but I thought I'd take a stab at asking about my situation. I have two BS degrees, one in electrical engineering and the other in physics. I'm wanting to go to grad school in ...